Hawks hope to soar in Howard County

Beau Brade, who’s committed to the University of Maryland, highlight the returning players for River Hill. The Hawks reached the Class 2A South Region title game last season.

With practice for the 2019 high school football season underway, Varsity Sports Network’s Derek Toney takes a look at the regular season itinerary for select area teams.

River Hill Hawks

2018 record: 8-4 (Class 2A South Region finalist)

Overview: The Hawks lost to eventual state finalist and Howard County champ Glenelg in the 2A South final. The Clarksville school should contend for the Howard County crown with arguably the area’s top public school senior in Beau Brade, who’s committed to the University of Maryland, along with senior running back Jordan Perry and junior linebacker Zach Igwebe.

Toughest 2019 opponent: Glenelg. The Gladiators defeated River Hill twice last season, including a 35-0 rout in the 2A South final. Glenelg will look to tight end/defensive end Drew Stoka, a Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 pick, senior running back Kyle Dry and kicker Chris Retzbach and junior linemen Keith Pak.

Most intriguing 2019 opponent: Howard. The Lions’ streak of four straight HoCo titles was ended last season. The Ellicott City school will be led by senior defensive back/wide receiver Darius Anthony, junior Connor Hawkins (quarterback/wide receiver/defensive back) and all-Howard league punter Harrison Robbins-Green (kicker).

By a number: 1. Missed playoff appearance by River Hill since 2002.

2019 schedule

Sept. 6 vs. Atholton (2-8)

Sept. 13 at Mount Hebron (2-8)

Sept. 20 vs. Reservoir (4-6)

Sept. 27 at Marriotts Ridge (4-6)

Oct. 4 at Wilde Lake (6-4)

Oct. 11 vs. Long Reach (7-4)

Oct. 18 vs. Glenelg (13-1)

Oct. 25 at Oakland Mills (7-4)

Nov. 1 vs. Howard (9-2)